Big Bear, Ca, April 26, 2011, 12:00pm – The Big Bear Area Wastewater Agency held a special meeting on April 26th for the fiscal year of 2012 budget workshop. BBARWA staff made a presentation and laid out the expense and income projections for the coming fiscal year, beginning July 1, 2011. Staff reported that some of the operating expenses have been reduced including salaries and benefits due to a reduction of full time employees from 16 to 14, after two employees retired; reductions in estimated electrical costs and contractual services, and revenues are projected to remain flat, due to a slow building economy. BBARWA staff that originally presented to the board months prior an 8% increase to the member agencies, which include the City of Big Bear Lake, Community Services District, and County area of Fawnskin, was reduced to a 5% increase in this most recent budget proposal. Board members working with staff in this budget workshop reallocated money to upcoming capitol projects including the rebuild of the lake plant pumping station in Big Bear Lake, which saved rate payers over a million dollars, thus resulting in a proposed rate increase somewhere near 4%. This 4% increase would equal somewhere in the $6 range a year, per Equivalent Dwelling Unit or EDU. In tonight’s regular meeting, the BBARWA Board will have on their agenda adoption of this budget, which will finalize any rate increase to be charged to the member agencies. Tonight’s meeting will take place at the BBARWA office on Palomino starting at 5pm, with public testimony welcomed.